Nova struggles; blame A.J.

Ivan Nova, trying to win the No. 4 or 5 starter spot, struggled on Thursday against Toronto. He allowed two runs, both earned, in his three innings. He gave up five hits, including a Jose Bautista bomb.

Maybe the worst stat for Nova were 34 and 60. He threw 60 pitches and only 34 were strikes.

Nova is probably still the favorite for the No. 4 spot. It should be kept in mind, he is the only one of the competitors for the No. 4 and 5 spots who can go to Triple-A. Joe Girardi said this morning that won't be a factor in his decision.

Here is my story on how A.J. has become a mentor to Nova. Warning, it is sort of positive toward A.J. Still, judging by the Twitter responses to my story, you will proably blame Burnett for Nova's poor outing.